In 1978, Rodney McMullen joined Kroger as a part-time stocker. Now in 2013, McMullen is preparing to become the next CEO of the company.
David B. Dillon, a 37-year-old Kroger veteran and current CEO will end his 10-year tenure Kroger on January 1, 2014 and welcome McMullen to take his place.
"He is ready to be CEO. I have been honored to lead this great company for over 10 years and look forward to assisting Rodney and the Board in the transition while continuing to serve as Chairman," said Dillon.
The CEO says that he will still continue to serve as Chairman of the Board from January – December of 2014.
McMullen has been the President and Chief Operating Officer and has also held a variety of senior management titles including, Vice Chairman; Executive Vice President of Strategy, Planning, and Finance; and Chief Financial Officer.
Once McMullen assumes his new position in January 2014, he will take on the responsibility of one of the world's largest retailers, with 343,000 associates who serve more than 2,000 stores in 31 states.
Those numbers may be intimidating to some, but McMullen is happy about his new position.
"I am excited to lead our efforts to build on Kroger's market position and competitive advantages to drive value for our shareholders and to strengthen our deep connections with our great associates, our millions of customers and the communities we call home," said McMullen.